ANNOUNCEMENT 20 Apr 2016
In April 2016, the government of Brazil announced a change in import duties.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Portal Brasil, press release of 25 April 2016 on Camex Resolution No. 33 of 20.04.2016: http://www.brasil.gov.br/economia-e-emprego/2016/04/governo-reduz-custo-de-importacao-de-275-maquinas-e-equipamentos-sem-producao-no-brasil
Camex resolution No. 33 of 20 April 2016, published in the Official Gazette of 22 April 2016: http://www.camex.gov.br/legislacao/interna/id/1531
WTO. (26 July 2013). Trade Policy Review, Report by the Secretariat, Brazil. Report prepared for the sixth Trade Policy Review of Brazil. Document WT/TPR/S/283/Rev., p. 53, para. 3.38
Available at: https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/tpr_e/s283_e.pdf
On 20 April 2016, the Brazilian Foreign Trade Council (Camex) issued Resolution No. 33 decreasing the import tariff on 24 products from the IT and telecommunications sector from 16% to 2%. Out of the 24 products 10 tariff lines are extended and the remaining 14 are new. The measure entered into force 22 April 2016 and is in effect until 31 December 2017.
The tariffs were reduced under Brazil's ex-tarifário regime, which allows temporary customs duty exceptions under the Mercosur Common External Tariff on capital and IT goods. Such an exception can be invoked in case the good in question has no domestically produced equivalent. The goal of this is to restructure Brazil's industrial park and infrastructure services (see WTO Trade Policy Review).The measure was introduced simultaneously with Camex Resolution No. 34 that reduces the tariff on capital goods (see related measure). Both measures produce 275 ex-tarifários.
Affected trading partners are identified based on UN Comtrade's import data from 2014.